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Who Do You Have?

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.

— Jim Elliot

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Life with Pleasure is too silly to be of colossal importance.

Life with God is too important to be of colossal silliness.

When you stop breathing,

When your body fails you,

When Death has swept you away,

the question at hand wouldn’t be

Where will you go? or What next?

In the end, every human being would have to face the reality of life beyond Earth.

In the end, there will be no room for reasons or excuses.

In the end, the condition of Life will be measured by the absence or presence of a Person.

It is by these truths that I ask all of us the Question.

Who do you have with you?

 
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Posted by on May 2, 2013 in EXPRESSo, SugarQUOTEd Latte

 

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Being Taught and Having Learned

In one of our classes, I remember our teacher showed us this comic strip to contrast what is being taught and having learned.

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Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

James 1:22 (NIV)

In our lives, let us not just diligently read our Bibles but also apply what we learned from His Word in our lives.

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2013 in EXPRESSo

 

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Holy Pause. Heartily Listen.

Pause.

We are often distracted by our surroundings today and forget to pause and listen to God. Whenever we find ourselves entrapped by overwhelming problems, we rant at God for the awkward or painful situations we find ourselves in, and yet we neglect to actually spend intimate solitude with Him.

Pause listen

A Holy Pause flavored with a fervent prayer and deep listening to God’s Word is the best means to cultivate an intimate solitude with God. It is a great avenue for spiritual transformation, but may also cause spiritual waywardness if we don’t prepare ourselves. To achieve the former, it is important to pause and listen to God’s Word. No wonder why Solomon wrote,

“Incline your ear, and hear the words of the wise, and apply your heart to my knowledge, for it will be pleasant if you keep them within you, if all of them are ready on your lips. That your trust may be in the Lord, I have made them known to you today, even to you.” (Proverbs 22:17-19, NLT)

Heartily Listening to God’s Word is a vital step in achieving spiritual transformation and a holy pause, its prerequisite. Change begins where the stubborn heart ends – when one starts to listen, change starts to happen. God speaks to those who have time to pause and listen.

Listen.

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2013 in EXPRESSo, Pastors' Latte

 

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Grace Moves!

Moving-On-

God’s grace fuels acceptance that paves the way for moving on.
Once we begin to move on, we’ll be surprised to know how far we can go from the point where we thought it was the end. 

“Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.”
So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.” —2 Corinthians 12:9 (NLT)

 
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Posted by on April 10, 2013 in EXPRESSo, Pastors' Latte

 

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Strive Thriving

The feeling of being pushed on the brink of losing yourself and
just when you were about to grope your way out of the darkness
to 
start gasping for air to breathe afresh survival,
a scheming reality choked you.
That you are surrounded yet alone;
Needed but needing;
Moving but drowning;

Living yet dying. 
Hopelessly hopeful.
Quitting…

Hope in God

…and with a fervid desire to feed the pain for mundane gain, you succumb to giving up. 
Yet all of a sudden, the churning within calms as the Comforter comes, saying… 

“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you.
I’ve called your name.
You’re mine.

When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you.
 
When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down…

Because I am God, your personal God,…your Savior. 
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…That’s how much you mean to me!
 

That’s how much I love you!

GOD (Isaiah 43:1-4, The Message)

Strive thriving in living and loving HIM.
May God’s unfailing love always be your comfort.

 
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Posted by on April 7, 2013 in EXPRESSo, Pastors' Latte

 

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Wholly Holy

“We forget that God’s primary goal is not changing our situations or relationships so that we can be happy, but changing us through our situations and relationships so that we will be holy.”

— Paul David Tripp

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“So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then. But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say,
‘You must be holy because I am holy.’” 

— 1 Peter 1:14-16 (NLT)


Chasing for holiness paves the way for a life of wholly holiness for God that allows us to traverse the grand pursuit of the ultimate END in life — the pursuit of God
…a never ending chase for the Sole Prime Mover of life and beyond.

Chase holiness. Chase HIM.

 
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Posted by on April 4, 2013 in EXPRESSo, Pastors' Latte

 

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Empty-hearted

One of the saddest parts of life is when we think that we have plenty when in fact, we are empty.

It is when we realized that more than being empty-handed, we are empty-hearted.

“Empty-hearted” that implies two resounding things:

First, it echoes the rhetorical classic,
“If a tree falls in the desert, and there is no one there to hear it, does it make a sound?”
Love without an object of love negates love itself.

Second, it’s a prequel to being brokenhearted.
A feeling of being pushed away; a constant subtle rejection that seems to never get tired of
breaking broken hearts. 

Negated love. Neglected love. 

Yet in this rock bottom quagmire, emptiness makes quintessential things clearer to see — that we are broken to be made whole again by the only One who can complete us and that the meaning of life that each one of us are striving to find can only be found in the One who created it. 

May our hearts cling on to this truthful statement made by the psalmist…
“If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there…” 

God is love. He loves.

 
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Posted by on March 29, 2013 in EXPRESSo, Pastors' Latte

 

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Stars In The Night

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And God made two great lights–the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night–and the stars. And God set  them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.

Genesis 1:16-18 (ESV)

We know that in the darkest of nights, we have the moon and the stars to serve as our sources of light.

The same thing is true in life. Indeed it is difficult to see where you are going when all you see is darkness, yet God is the moon of our lives. In the hardest of trials, God will guide us. Though there may be times wherein the moon does not appear at night, it is still there. God may seem absent, but believe that He is still there for us no matter what. He also made stars to help shed even more light in the night.

Let us all be like stars that will help give off more light for people to continue walking in this dark generation.

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2013 in EXPRESSo, Pastors' Latte

 

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The only way to know God

“The only way to know God is… first – hand.
Those who are content to know Him through a second-hand relationship don’t really know Him.”
 

Remember, God is not a distant Father.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2013 in EXPRESSo

 

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God – Sized Dreams

Jesus said, “Ask, and it will be given to you.” But that promise is qualified by this condition: what you’re asking for must be in Harmony of God’s will.
 

Let the prophet who has a dream recount the dream, but let the one who has my word speak it faithfully. For what has straw to do with grain?” declares the Lord. – Jeremiah 23: 28 NIV

“When God gives you a dream, He gives you all that’s needed to fulfill it ”
 
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Posted by on February 6, 2013 in SugarQUOTEd Latte

 

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Chasing a Fantasy

“The trouble with chasing a fantasy is, while you’re doing it you’re not fulfilling the dream
God has given you for your life.”
 

“They speak a vision of their own heart, not from the mouth of the Lord.” – Jeremiah 23: 16 NKJV

“Make sure you’re chasing a dream, not a fantasy.”

 
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Posted by on February 5, 2013 in SugarQUOTEd Latte

 

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Are you creating clear Priorities?

“We must first be fully committed to Christ, then to one another in Christ, and finally to the work of Christ in the world.” – Ray Ortlund
 

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. – Matt 6: 21

“If you don’t understand your life’s purpose, you won’t be capable of making the right choices.
A clear vision creates clear priorities.”
 
 
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Posted by on February 4, 2013 in SugarQUOTEd Latte

 

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A God of resets

“But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.” – 1 John 1:9 NLT

“God is a God of resets. Every day, He gives us another crack at correcting our mistakes.
The new day represents a chance to be better. And just like the reset button of the Playstation,
God’s grace allows for a restart in the midst of major mess-up.”
 
 
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Posted by on January 30, 2013 in SugarQUOTEd Latte

 

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No room for pride

Whatever we are and wherever we will become, it will only be by the grace of God. Stay humble.
Don’t be a glory-grabber. There’s no room for pride.”

” Therefore, as the Scriptures say, “If you want to boast, boast only about the Lord.”

– 1 Corinthians 1:31

“Don’t forget that all that’s going to happen now began with the fresh start from God.
Be happy when God performs a miracle through you.”
Ru dela Torre: Back on Track

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2013 in EXPRESSo, SugarQUOTEd Latte

 

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Discovering God’s great dream for you

You are destined to do great things. The plans of God for your life are beyond what you could ever ask or think. He knows what’s best and He desires only the best.”

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” –  Jeremiah 29: 11 NLT

“God never planned you have to have a mediocre life. He’s telling you to start looking again at the beauty of God’s dream for your life. There is no such thing as cancellations of dreams. God still believes in you.”

– Ru dela Torre: Back on Track

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2013 in SugarQUOTEd Latte

 

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